Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines

Wind turbines

LAKE ONTARIO, N.Y. (AP) — Clean energy and environmental interests usually go hand in hand.

But in western New York, they are battling over a plan to build dozens of wind turbines that could be among the nation’s tallest, rising 600 feet above the scenic shores of Lake Ontario.

Apex Clean Energy’s proposal to put 70 turbines east of Niagara Falls is still in its early stages but it has already generated thousands of pages of comments, studies and arguments being considered by state regulators.

Wildlife groups are concerned the turbines could disrupt migrating birds. Residents fret about potential environmental health threats from noise, and that views could be dominated by structures taller than any skyscraper in upstate New York.

There is no timetable yet for when a state panel will decide on the project.

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